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Jun 17, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 12/21)
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'Out-Of-Commerce Works' Portal Launched

On June 7, 2021, the EUIPO launched a new Out-Of-Commerce Works Portal which includes out-of-commerce works such as books, films, or visual works that are still protected by copyright but are no longer or have never been commercially available.

Directive (EU) 2019/790 established a legal framework to support cultural heritage institutions such as European libraries, archives, museums in the digitisation and transnational dissemination of works in their collections.

The main purpose of the portal is to provide access to information about the ongoing and future uses of out-of-commerce works, as well as to make it easier for the rights holders of these works to exercise their rights. The regime will complement the measures already in place for the use of orphan works at European level.

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